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Grateful Dead Live at River Bend Music Center on 1985-06-24

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Grateful Dead Live at River Bend Music Center on 1985-06-24

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Alabama Getaway-> Greatest Story Ever Told, They Love Each Other, Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed, My Brother Esau, Loser, Let It Grow Iko Iko-> Samson & Delilah-> He's Gone-> Smokestack Lightning-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> Comes A Time-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues

1 - Iko Iko >
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue River Bend Music Center
Location Cincinnati, OH

Source Field: Schoeps cmc441 (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1
Lineage Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > Flac
Taped by Oade Brothers
Transferred by Doug Oade - Darren Sacks


Set II Only; Recorded by Jim Oade
Transferred by Doug Oade, tracked by Darrin Sacks; Field: Schoeps cmc441 (90deg, 17cm) > Oade M118 > Oade mod SONY PCM-F1; Transfer:
Master PCM > DAW (via SEKD Prodif) > Wav > cdwav > Flac


Reviewer: DaneBramage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2011
Subject: Holy Smoke(stack) Lightning!
In my experience with Dead shows, they often tailored their sets to the venue, area or weather...and this is a prime example. We drove up to Cincinnati from Lexington,Ky, enjoying a beautiful sunny summer afternoon. Riverbend Ampitheater is set up so you can see the boats behind the stage and are looking across the river into Ky. 1st set the weather was perfect...then the storm clouds built up across the river. A torrential rain storm began during the break, with cloud to ground lightning strikes that made us wonder if the Dead would come back out at all. Of course, they did, during the hardest part of the rain for a scare the bejeezus out of you 2nd set. Enough has been said about the songs themselves, but the circumstances surrounding their performance is what stands out to me. I mean, when they sang "if I had my way, I would tear this whole building down" in Samson, they meant it! It seemed as if they were egging on the storm, daring it to do its worst...thundering drums echoing the actual thunder.And they wanted more. Smokestack Lightning during lightning...I mean come on!!!! Then Cryptical (REALLY?!?!) I remembered the Drums>Space as a frightening experience. WOW!!! You will be hard pressed to find a better show than this, in my opinion. Dick's Picks/Vault are you hearing me?
Reviewer: radrover - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2008
Subject: Thunder and Lighting!
Oh no, the thunder was no hallucination . . .
And I've never seen a band take such advantage of the moment! As the storm rolled in overhead, the crowd huddled out of the rain under the metal roof, which shuddered with every clap of thunder, seemingly ready to be torn asunder. And - so perfect - the band launched into Samson & Delilah, stage lights flashing blue back at the lightning. All that at the outset of a classic 2nd set topped off with Good Lovin and US Blues.

I'll never forget that evening!
Reviewer: Mr. Insight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 25, 2008
Subject: Thunder
Listen carefully during the noodle leading up to Iko at the start of the 2nd set. Right before Jerry launches into it, a rolling clap of thunder can be heard echoing through the amphitheater. Having been to this unforgettable show 23 years ago, this is the first recording where the thunder is clearly audible, confirming, finally, that it was not just a hallucination.
Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2007
Subject: VIDEO?

Reviewer: chinacat111 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2005
Subject: Great show!!!!
Great all around show. Love Bobby's lyrics during Iko Iko.
Reviewer: HomeTeamRaleigh - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2005
Subject: Sick
This show is the real deal Holyfield. He's gone>Smokestack is my alltime favorite. Always will be topshelf for this fan! Nice sound also!
Reviewer: alicia-adks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2004
Subject: so glad this is here!
this was my first live dead show - had been listening to tons of tapes but nothing could really convey the live effect. Happy feet people, pouring rain, outstanding live show, summertime on the river. this got me traveling for the next 10 years.
Reviewer: KindRainbowBrother - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2004
Subject: Ditto the review after this one
The review that follows this one really captures the essence of being at this show in a highly personal way that I can share having been there as well. I did this whole tour - with a guy I think went by the nickname Wham - my first big tour - what a blast. I was surpirsed he didnt mention the torrrential downpour that soaked every person on the lawn to the bone. Anyway, solid show - not the best of the tour - but very special and worth a listen - but not a mandatory download like some shows.
Reviewer: drkstrcrashes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 8, 2004
if i remember correctly there was an amusement park next to the stadium with a water slide & wave pool. we spent the afternoon having fun and hanging in the lot. This was back when the lot scene was way cool with no hassles. I think this was before nitrous started as well. Anyways there was plenty of good 'L' to be had and many pertook (sp?). we got in to the place which was like a mini alpine with 1/3 the grass. The show started in daylight and I recall a steamboat going by on the river right behind the stage. Hence the name River Bend. It was a beautiful place; not too big, not too small.
n Then the 2nd set!!!Iko was killer Sampson, then a wicked He's Gone...The boyz were in there 'play soft and psychodelic' mode and the drums>space was creepy & scary!
Three shows earlier they had broken out 'Cryptical' at the Greeks then skipped it at Alpine, so there was a buzz in the air. We got the whole thing: Cryptical>drums>space>comes a time>the other one>cryptical!!!!! Comes a time was rare for me back then too. So all in all it was a very smokin' show at a beautiful venue which unfortunately they never played again (I think). Also this was their 25th anniversery tour so they had the killer backdrop. Jerry started wearing red that summer which spawned the bumper sticker "Jerry in Red" or something like that. This show for me is a return to a time of innocense when the only thing that mattered was how to get to the next show. ENJOY!!!
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